Two regional businesses are backing a young duathlete from County Durham who has secured his places in the European and World Championships in 2015. Durham Markets and North East-based Azione Custom Cycles are supporting 18 year old Joel Atkin, from Craghead near Stanley, as he embarks on his most challenging year to date. Joel qualified to compete for Team GB in the 2015 Alcobendas ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships in April in Madrid. Also, following a challenging qualifier at the Dambuster Duathlon in March 2015, he will represent Team GB at the 2015 Adelaide ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championships in October.
Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets, said:
David Anderson, of Azione Custom Cycles, added:
Joel has competed in athletics events for a number of years. In 2011, he entered his first triathlon events, progressing in 2013 to the longer ‘standard distance triathlon’. Following his success in the European duathlon (run, cycle run) qualifier at Oulton Park in October 2014, he qualified for the Madrid event in April 2015. Joel also plans to enter his first iron man event in 2015, an event with a total distance of 70.3 miles, including a half marathon.